by Ruth Axtell Morren

October 2004
ISBN: 0-373-78527-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

In her second book, Ruth Axtell Morren takes us to the rugged Maine coast where two wounded hearts find solace in each other and the chance to change their lives.

Geneva Patterson knows what itís like to be ridiculed and shunned. The townspeople of Havenís End have been doing it to her since she was born. Sheís learned to overlook the sly comments and the patronizing attitudes. Sheíll never be a beauty and no man has ever thought about her as being a wife. In many ways, Geneva has accepted her life and what canít be changed. Then one fateful day, she meets a man who opens her eyes to a different world, one she might be able to become a part of.

Caleb Phelps once had everything: money, a beautiful fiancťe and the respect of his peers. In one moment, he loses it all when he is accused of a crime he knows he didnít commit. He comes to Havenís End to get away from the stares and the gossip. He longs to forget all that has happened to him and make a life in the small Maine town. He finds that the gossip has followed him. Will there ever be a place for him in this town?

Geneva and Caleb are kindred souls and they find truth shining in each otherís eyes. Together, they slowly begin to heal and to reach out to the God who has never abandoned them.

Ms. Morren has written another emotionally gripping story. Geneva is touching in her jaded innocence. Her longing to become more than she is shows the hope that we all have inside us. Calebís fight to forgive and forget is something all of us have experienced in our lives. The pace is steady. The townspeople are familiar characters to anyone who has lived in a small town before.

Like the progression of growth in a garden, we watch faith and love take root in their hearts. Geneva and Caleb both blossom and grow strong together. Wild Rose is a heartwarming story of trust and healing.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Jenni.

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